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Sculptural Horn Letter Opener
Carl Auböck II



A vintage horn letter opener, model #4727, designed and made by Carl Auböck II, Vienna, in the 1950s. The biomorphic shape of the horn reveals the piece as Modernist design of the mid-twentieth century. Further, the elongated shard-like form, reminiscent of a Constantin Brancusi bird, can be viewed as a miniature sculpture. A leather strap tied into a knot passes through a circular hole at one end of the letter opener. This allows the opener to be picked up from a flat surface with speed and ease. A rare design from the Viennese werkstätte made unique by the grain and colour of the Hungarian cow horn, this piece is in excellent usable condition.


Length of Horn: 21cm
Length with Strap: 32 cm
Width: 3.3 cm
Material:  Hungarian cow horn and leather
Date Of Manufacture: 1950s
Place of Origin: Austria
Workshop: Werkstätte Carl Auböck